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California Desert District Office
Release Date: 11/26/13
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email:    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-09

BLM DUI Checkpoint in Effect on Public Lands Throughout Imperial County

Law Enforcement Officers of the Bureau of Land Management are conducting a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint from November 26, 2013 through December 1, 2013, on public lands in the un-incorporated area of Imperial County, to include the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. 

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper registration and licensing where required. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. 

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunken and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public in mind.

"We want the people to have fun and enjoy our public lands over the Thanksgiving holiday, but we want to remind them to be responsible and designate a sober driver or rider", said Chief Law Enforcement Ranger Nathan Mendes. "Impaired drivers not only risk their own safety but those people around them; operating a street vehicle or Off-Highway Vehicle while impaired and in a crowded recreation area is especially dangerous".

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

Law Enforcement Rangers are reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1'.


California Desert District Office   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 11-26-2013